Kansas’ Strataca Museum plans new exhibits with state tourism grant

Features of new exhibits planned for Strataca, Hutchinson’s underground salt museum, include an interactive miniature excavator, a percussion ‘blast room’ offering the feeling of working in an underground mine and a giant tongue to illustrate how salt affects taste.

Part of the work will be funded by a nearly $175,000 grant announced this week by the Kansas Department of Tourism and Commerce.

Museum officials expect the displays to be created within the next 12 to 18 months, depending on the ability to secure adequate funding and the availability of the unique elements that will make them up.

Government officials, including Lt. Govt. David Toland, visited Hutchinson Thursday afternoon to announce Strataca’s and seven other awards that make up $1.5 million in federal pass-through tourist attraction sub-grants for Kansas, or TASK grants.

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